Fun facts about Mexico - did you know them?

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Mexico is one of the most surprising countries from both a cultural and natural point of view. It is, along with Canada and the United States, the other country that makes up the North American region. It is a country with a particular and very varied culture, the result of the synthesis of the pre-Columbian civilizations that inhabited it and the Hispanic tradition with which it merged after the discovery of America in 1492. In addition, Mexico constitutes by far the The most populous Spanish-speaking country in the world, with an estimate of more than 123 million people.

If you want to know a little more about this country, as well as some of the curious facts about Mexico most interesting, keep reading Green Ecologist because in this article we show them to you.

Curious facts about Mexico very interesting

Some of the curious facts of Mexico that many people do not know are the following:

  • Although Spanish is the official language and the most used, it also has a total of 67 indigenous languages which are also considered as official languages.
  • The capital of Mexico, Mexico City, is the most populous city in the country, with a total population estimated at more than 21 million inhabitants.
  • Mexico City is built on the ancient aztec capital, Tenochtitl├ín, which was built on a swampy area with many navigable channels that, currently, are completely dry.
  • Mexico is considered one of the 17 megadiverse countries of the world. This means that it has such a great climatic and biological variety that it deserves a separate mention, compared to the rest of the countries on the planet. Learn more about What is a megadiverse country with examples in this other Green Ecologist article.
  • Although it is usually commonly known as simply Mexico, since its formation as a federal state, the official name of the country is that of United States of Mexico.

Fun facts about Mexico: know its culture

The Mexican culture It is very wide. In general, it can be considered that Mexican culture has been formed from two fundamental elements, which are pre-Columbian cultures and the Hispanic tradition. In this sense, the most important influence of pre-Columbian cultures is found in the aztec civilization, which spread over most of the territory that currently makes up Mexico. However, it is also necessary to mention the Mayan civilization, located mainly in the Yucatan peninsula, and which also played a very important role in shaping Mexican culture. Likewise, it is also important to mention others pre-Columbian peoples like the Olmecs, Teotihucanos, Zapotecs, Toltecs and Mixtecs.

On the other hand, the hispanic culture It has survived in Mexico in different ways, one of the best examples is Spanish, which is the main language used in the country and the main vehicular language, both colloquially and by the Public Administration. Likewise, another of the elements that Mexico inherited from the Hispanic culture is its religion. It is estimated that almost 81% of Mexicans profess Catholic Christianity, while a little more than 9% profess some form of Reformed Christianity, and the remaining 10% are divided into the other faiths or lack thereof.

Food typical of Mexico

One of the typical things of Mexico it is their food. The food typical of Mexico It is made from both native products of the area and from other products imported from Europe. In this sense, tacos are its best known and most internationally famous dish. This typical Mexican dish consists of a tortilla (which can be made of corn or wheat), inside which the body of the taco is placed, which is usually composed of different types of meats with vegetables and sauces. In this way, you can find a great variety of tacos, some of the most famous of the typical food of Mexico are the tacos al pastor or those of cochinita pibil.

Likewise, another of the interesting things from Mexico and his food is spicy. The Mexican food it tends to sting quite a bit. This is mainly due to the sauces with which the meals are accompanied, made mainly with hot chili peppers such as habaneros, which is considered the hottest chili used in Mexican cuisine.

Animals in danger of extinction in Mexico

To finish talking about curious facts of Mexico really interesting, we can talk about its fauna. We have already mentioned that Mexico has the honor of belonging to the few countries called megadiverse, which explains the variety of climates and ecosystems it has. However, another interesting thing about Mexico that is worth noting is that it has a variety of animals in considerable danger of extinction, which is why it is also one of the countries on the planet that must carry out more environmental conservation policies.

In this sense, some birds such as the scarlet macaw or the yellow-headed parrot are some of the most threatened, and whose population of specimens has dropped alarmingly in recent decades. Another of the animals that is in danger of extinction in Mexico is the Mexican axolotl, a whitish amphibian with a very particular appearance when combining a thin body with a head of much wider proportions.

The quetzal, the Mexican prairie dog, the jaguar, the ocelot, the black bear, the Mexican gray wolf, the West Indian manatee or the vaquita marina (one of the native cetaceans of Mexico) are other species that are would add to this sad list of endangered animals in Mexico.

In this other Green Ecologist article you can expand the information and learn curious facts about the different Animals in danger of extinction in Mexico.

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